Apni Party Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir Monday expressed concern over the plight of causal labourers and daily wagers who are awaiting regularisation even after rendering decades of unflinching services in different government departments across Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement issued here, Mir said that once in a while there are various protests and sit-ins organised by different casual and daily wager associations of J&K in order to convey their grievances to those in authority. However, he said that their concerns have been always met with apathy, substantially worsening their living conditions.
“Not less than 60000 daily wagers, casual laborers, consolidated, contingency paid, ITI skilled, NYC, ASHA, HDF workers deliver their untiring services in different government departments like Sericulture, PHE, Forest, PWD, I&FC, PDD, Health, Agriculture, Horticulture, Water Testing Laboratory, SMC and JMC,” Mir said in the statement. “For the past last two decades, they have worked diligently for the smooth functioning of government work but it’s unfortunate that such an adroit section has to go on strikes for demanding their rightful wages.” He said that the condition of daily wagers and casual labourers in the Department of Sericulture had become deplorable.
“They work for the full year but only receive wages for six months. The condition of such labourers and daily wagers in the department of Sericulture is appalling. Their salaries remain held up even for six months. That is a matter of grave concern. The families of these labourers must be facing unspeakable difficulties. The government should take a serious note of this injustice,” Mir said in the statement. “I urge Lt Governor ManojSinha to take immediate steps in this regard and pave way for the long-pending issue of regularisation of the hapless workers as soon as possible. Moreover, till then measures like releasing of pending salaries mixed with enhancing the pay scale should also be done on a priority. ”